Wilmington boy, 12, dies after being hit by baseball

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A 12-year-old in Wilmington has died after being hit by a baseball during batting practice at school.

The Wilmington Star News reported that Alex Newsome died Friday afternoon while playing baseball at Roland-Grise Middle School.

The sixth-grader died after being taken to the hospital. Officials said Newsome was pitching when he was hit in the head by a line drive earlier in the day.

He was reportedly throwing from behind a pitching screen for protection, but had leaned slightly outside the protection area.

The boy’s coach and assistant coach performed CPR until paramedics arrived, according to the paper.

Source: The Wilmington Star News


  • Mr. Papageorgio

    Wooden bats would stop a lot of injury and death. These new titanium bats do most of the work for the hitter. The ball jumps off those bats so fast that there is not time to react. Middle school softball requires a face mask for pitchers. May not have helped in this case but a wooden bat would slow the ball down some.

    • Ethan Winter

      While wood bats may make the game safer, financially its impossible to switch to wood. What maybe they should do is make all metal bats composite like the bats that they use in college that play like wood.

  • Mondschatten

    I agree. I worked at the Mudcats stadium in the 90’s and early 00’s, never saw any of them using metal bats, they were all wood. If the big leagues use wooden bats, then so should the little leagues and school teams.

  • Sammy

    This needs to be investigated. The story just doesn’t fit.
    The Parents need to demand an investigation. This could come down to an Involuntary Manslaughter.

    • Irene Carmen

      And how did you come up with that??? Sounds like just an accident to me. Prayers for the family and the players and coaches.

    • Ken

      Is it lonely in your basement, coming up with half baked theories that simply do not exist? What in the world would constitute involuntary manslaughter? It’s a baseball game genius!

    • common sense

      These have got to be some of the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard. Clearly lacking any kind of common sense.

    • baseball mom

      unbelievable that you would even suggest that this could come down to involuntary manslaughter…obviously you are one of those “law-suit’ happy individuals, one that any time something comes along that may benefit you by making another suffer or taking from another what’s not rightfully yours
      did you even KNOW this family? do you have any grounds to justify such a vulgar remark…
      this was a VERY UNFORTUNATE situation and accidents happen ALL the time but to make it heavier by adding such a vicious remark is almost inhumane!
      God has a plan for everyone and no one knows what that is…as for you, you just need to pray for the family, players and students that DID KNOW Alex and DO KNOW the family and keep your other heinous remarks and ideas to yourself!
      this is a wonderful family!! and during Alex’s time here with each of us he did many things to help his community and others, to know him was to like him.
      now stop vandalizing this posting area…only wonderfully caring thoughts should come across here. or ones that may better the sport he loved!

  • J. Smith

    Prayers for the family, friends, and team. I read other articles that did not mention the L-Screen. I am glad to see it was used, however I would review how it was set up. The boy should not have been able to peek out from behind. He also should not have been pitching BP. This is a tragic accident, not a crime, but we need to keep the kids safe. I can remember when I was a kid and the aluminum bats were a topic because they were thought to be safer. They didn’t break or splinter. The topic has been brought up again in the last several years because the bats keep getting better, making them potentially too dangerous for kids who can hit but haven’t learned the nuances of fielding. Baseball always has the potential for danger, it is usually a fairly safe sport. The safety comes by following known practices and creating new rules in response to better equipment and training. Even MLB is offering a re-enforced cap to its pitchers. I am against the facemask because if you know how to use your glove, you are safe most of the time and a mask can increase the amount of times you are unsafe. Your sight and reflexes are your best defense. I have seen many pitchers in the area who have no mechanics at all. The kids chuck the ball as fast as they can, but do not pitch the ball. The mechanics not only keep your arm safe, they keep the pitcher safe. Recently the Reds pitcher A. Chapman got nailed, and MLB talked about what they can do. It was brought up that his style of pitching did not allow for him to return to the position of fielder quickly enough. That is because he pitches for speed not finesse. The kids all try to overpower the batter, because they are not allowed to learn a variety of pitches, it is bad for a young arm, Power is the only way they get recognized as a good pitcher. But, a faster pitch allows for a faster return. The boy did not “peek” around the L-Screen, a line drive would have come back so fast that it collided with the boy’s natural delivery of the ball. He was either still in the motion of the delivery or returning to fielding position. These screens are often in poor condition and thrown up on the field. If you go to a pro B-P you will see they are in perfect condition and placed in the correct position. I don’t know what condition the screen was in, but the boy’s body should be completely covered by the screen. It is odd pitching from behind the screen which is probably adult sized. He probably made adjustments so he could actually pitch, putting himself in danger, which is part of why kids don’t pitch BP.

  • Jeff Allen

    As a dad of a pitcher only slightly older, I cannot imagine being the father of the pitcher or the batter in this situation. Absolutely terrible situation.

  • Barb

    Hello – my 13 year old son was just hit in the leg with a line drive from pitching on Sunday. He is typically quick and catches the ball. We were very lucky!! When I saw this on the weather channel – I was just sick. It can happen to anyone of our children. I went on a search to see about protective head gear for pitchers. It’s out there but unfortunately there are too many places that do not mandate it. They have to wear cups – why not head gear. Why can’t the MLB promote this – its not just kids getting hurt. I googled and there are just too many head injuries in this sport. How many more deaths or injuries will it take to make people realize it’s just as dangerous as football or hockey? Wish I could do something – just not sure where to begin. My prayers go out to this family and community. And not just them – my heart aches for the poor boy who was the batter. If that was my son – he would be devastated and need some serious counseling/help :(

  • baseball dad

    The bats used in middle and high schools are BBCOR rated. They are the same as the college bats.
    The L screens work fine if you’re arms are long enough to throw around the upper part. I doubt this was the case for a 6th grader. I am curious if the screen had been turned around for a lefty if not he was throwing from behind the short side which would leave his upper body exposed. If that was the case then someone was negligent. The screen is set up 30 to 40 feet from the batter not 60 like the mound, you cannot react fast enough to move out of the way.
    My family is praying for everyone involved

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